Job Opportunity with the Virginia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Suicide Prevention & MHFA Program Coordinator

(Program Administration Specialist II)

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ Office of Mental Health is seeking an accomplished professional to provide leadership and management for the development, implementation and administration of the Department’s comprehensive statewide suicide prevention program, and to implement, administer and coordinate the Department’s Mental Health First Aid training initiative and the associated certification process.  

Qualifications:  Thorough knowledge of suicide prevention field, including the incidence and prevalence of suicide, policy and service delivery issues, best practices in suicide prevention and intervention from interagency, federal, state and community perspectives.  Thorough knowledge of Mental Health First Aid. 

Contract development and management skills.  Ability to work with diverse stakeholders, including other state and local agencies and organizations, service recipients, suicide survivors, universities, advocates, etc. 

Facilitation and consultation skills. Experience with policy development and strategic planning.  Strong written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to use word processing and spreadsheet software.  Thorough knowledge of the Public Health approach to prevention and health promotion.   Thorough knowledge of Evidence Based prevention programs and practices and the Prevention Best Practices Registry.  Experience with policy and program development, policy impact on local government and budget management.  Extensive professional experience in prevention services (with suicide prevention preferred), administrative experience, and experience with interagency issues at state and local levels. Advanced degree in human services is preferred.  

Position: #00232                                                                                           

Hiring Range:  $41,778-$65,000

Please apply online with the Recruitment Management System at  Only accepting online applications.  This position is open until filled.  DBHDS is a tobacco-free, smoke-free work environment.

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity